Which would be an incident that would change her destiny-
Which would be the beginning of a whole other magical girl tale-
The story of Puella Magi Oriko Magica reaches its conclusion in this volume. We’ll find out whether Oriko is able to achieve her goal – but before that, there’s a battle that needs to reach it’s conclusion.
I’ll try to avoid them, but there could potentially be Puella Magi Madoka Magica spoilers. Just thought I’d warn you.
Anyway, this second volume contains four chapters, starting with number four and concluding with the seventh.
Oriko is determined to use any means available to her in order to prevent the destruction she has glimpsed in the future. Her companion, Kirika, has been useful in creating a distraction by murdering other Magical Girls, but Oriko recognises that the time for diversionary tactics has passed – she must target the source directly and eliminate the threat. Little does she realise that her quarry has a protector who is as passionate about keeping the girl alive as Oriko is about seeing her dead. What future ultimately awaits in the eye-opening conclusion of Oriko Magica?!
In chapter 4, ‘I Do Not Forgive You’, we get a couple of flashbacks concerning Kirika and how she was before she met Oriko. The main focus, however, is on the battle between Mami and Kirika. It’s quite an impressive battle, with both magical girls seemingly even matched. I won’t give away the result here.
Anyway, Oriko ends up showing up and makes Mami feel pressure she’s never experienced before.
Chapter 5 is ‘That Is Why I Am Here’, in which Oriko changes her MO and puts up a ward at the school that Madoka attends. Of course, this means that Mami, Homura, Kyouko and Yuma step up to fight. Homura does it solely to protect Madoka, though Madoka believes she should protect their friends as well.
Whilst Mami gets help from Kyouko and Yuma, Homura confronts Oriko and Kirika.
Oriko knows about Homura, and is surprised to discover that she is the very same one who appears in her vision. Mami, Kyouko and Yuma also arrive.
Being outnumbered, Kirika takes a drastic course of action in order to prove herself useful to Kirika.
‘Someday Is Not Now’ is the title of chapter 6, which opens with a flashback of Oriko’s first meeting with Kyubey. Homura, Mami, Kyouko and Yuma fight against their new foe together, but teamwork isn’t exactly a strong point for the four magical girls.
Whilst that fight unfolds, Sayaka and Hitomi stumble through the labyrinth, with the former fending off familiars with an oversized candy cane.
Homura ends up confronting Oriko, whilst Mami and Kyouko almost give in to despair after witnessing a particular event. Yuma pulls them back from that, however.
Mami, Kyouko and Yuma’s teamwork improves after that, allowing Homura to focus on Oriko.
The battle pretty much grinds to a halt, and Kyubey shows up – much to the chagrin of both Homura and Oriko.
The final chapter is called ‘To Protect My World’. Madoka manages to find Sayaka and Hitomi, and all three go together to try and find Homura.
Despite her soul gem reaching its limit, Oriko persists in an attempt to wear Homura down so she can make one last ditch effort to achieve her goal. Yuma and Kyouko also jump into the fray.
We get a flashback showing what Oriko’s wish was, before she launches an attack. Things come to a conclusion, and it’s one heck of an ending.
That’s Puella Magi Oriko Magica, and I have to say it’s definitely one of the better Madoka spin-offs. I like the idea of another magical girl knowing what awaits at the end, and the clash of ideals as she fights to protect the world from that event.
The fight between Mami and Kirika at the beginning of the second volume is pretty great, with the battle shifting back and forth between the combatants. There’s some clever thinking involved, as well, and this demonstrates just how experienced Mami is as a magical girl.
This is something I’d like to see in animated format – it would probably work best as an OVA or two, or maybe even a film. Though saying that, I feel that Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice is overall more deserving of being animated, but whether anyone decides to do that or not I don’t know.
Though the plot has concluded for Puella Magi Oriko Magica, there is an extra story, called Extra Story… that I will probably be looking at soon. It prevents a what-if scenario, and also delves further into Kirika’s devotion to Oriko.
Keep an eye out for that in the near future.